$80,000 in grants going to five Virginia universities for tobacco-free campus initiatives

March 21, 2019

Five Virginia universities, including three in Richmond, are getting a total of $80,000 in grants to help them eliminate the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on campus.

The retail pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp. announced the grants on Tuesday, along with the American Cancer Society and the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit tobacco control organization.

The grants to Virginia colleges are part of a $1.4 million pool that the organizations are distributing to 82 schools across the country, and are intended to be used to “advocate for, adopt, and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies, including limiting the use of e-cigarettes,” the organizations said.

The five Virginia universities and the amounts they are receiving are: Virginia Commonwealth University ($20,000); the University of Richmond ($8,000); Virginia Union University ($19,829); Hampton University ($19,899) and Norfolk State University ($12,000).

Read more on Richmond-Times Dispatch.

Faculty from our department received the grant; Elizabeth Do, PhD, and Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD.